The Dead Earth

Genre: Dystopian/Apocalyptic, Tragedy


© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Photo – © 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

The Dead Earth


Once upon a time in a land far, far away, the vegetation was lush, green and abundant: Then it changed.

Pollution, Chemical Spills and Acid Rain Storms killed off all what we had. Farms and crops and livestock – dead. There was nothing left to feed on and millions died.

The water from our rivers and lakes are now poison to our flesh. The air is so thick with deathly chemical waste that gas masks we wear day and night.

None of us know how long we’ll survive.

This wasn’t an accident: For decades there were warnings – all which went ignored. They knew this would happen and Campaigning did little, though it was fought tirelessly.

And, this now, is the result of man’s greed. The lust for power and wealth. What can man do with that now?

It’s over.

This is what the Earth has become… permanently uninhabitable: Dead.


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This is my 1st entry into ‘Monday’s Finish the Story’ and what fun it has been (even though it’s a miserable story!) Still enjoyed it! 🙂 ‘Here’ is the link.


8 thoughts on “The Dead Earth

  1. Excellent story Victoria! Well done and I love the note about greed. My husband and I were talking about that very topic this morning, and how it rules the world…one of the seven deadly sins! See you next week? I hope so! Be well… ^..^


    1. Hallo and Thank you, I’m glad you liked it 🙂 Yep, money, money, money, that’s the crux of this dumb**** world and what could ultimately lead to the downfall of this planet and that’s why I alluded to it. I just hope the story isn’t a prophetic one, however…it could happen. Yeah, I’ll be there with curiosity on Monday! I’ve got you in my feed reader and I look forward to it! 🙂

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  2. Great story! This is one of my favourite genres, I’ve written a few on this topic in the past.
    I only wish the world you describe so well wasn’t a real possibility 😦
    When I saw the opening sentence the first thing I thought was the obvious “fairy tale”, but the photo does look like a poisoned landscape.


    1. Thank you Suzanne. Yep, it could well happen. I know the seasons are already a mess here in the UK, and they predicted that years and years ago and did nothing. Man’s greed, that’s what could possibly be the worlds downfall, maybe not in our lifetime, but a future possibility if nothing changes.


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